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Margarita (2012)

Patrick McKenna , NICOLA CORREIA DAMUDE , Dominique Cardona , Laurie Colbert  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Patrick McKenna, NICOLA CORREIA DAMUDE, CHRISTINE HORNE, CLAIRE LAUTIER, MAYA RITTER
  • Directors: Dominique Cardona, Laurie Colbert
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Wolfe Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 29, 2013
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00EVKQ2YS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,470 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This charming lesbian drama tells the tale of an undocumented Mexican nanny, Margarita (Nicola Correia Damude, De Grassi: The Next Generation) whose girlfriend Jane (Christine Horne, Tru Love) is reluctant to commit and whose yuppie employers a nice Toronto family with money problems are about to let her go. A warm and funny crowd-pleaser, the film features an excellent supporting cast that includes Patrick McKenna (The Red Green Show) and teen star Maya Ritter (Finn s Girl). BONUS FEATURES- Short Film Below the Belt Trailer More from Wolfe

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A potent cocktail of heart, humor, and humanity. --Sound on Sight

What a charmer Margarita is!... Plays like an indie relative of Mary Poppins with a LGBT twist or like Canada s answer to The Kids Are All Right... --Cinemablographer

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and Intelligent December 22, 2013
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Margarita is a good example of entertaining and intelligent indepenent film making. Here you find a great story competent actors and a charismatic lead actress. What a delight to find a story where the main character is a lesbian, but the story involves so many more issues. Margarita is an illegal immigrant in Canada and the family she has worked for are letting her go after 6 years, so she need to get married or be deported. This dilemma she faces gives rise to both dramatic and comedic plot development which is very satisfyingly resolved. What a great country Canada is, where same sex marriage is legal, if only Australia, where I live was as enlightened!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lesbian movie status quo December 11, 2013
By Jamie
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I thought this film lacked character development and depth. The dialogue and the acting felt superficial and forced. Ironically, the friendship most believable and genuine appeared to be between Margarita and Carlos. Nicola Correia Damude's Magarita came across as a sincere and very likable character and she,a very capable actress. As with many lesbian films, content and character development was replaced with gratuitous sex scenes that neither developed the plot nor the character.

I was confused how a family that lived with and "loved" Margarita for six years; treated her like family, could devolve and crumble the way they did in this film. I think the crumbling is possible, given the circumstances, but the story itself didnt't translate well to the screen because of the superficial acting. The story is a good one and makes an earnest effort to illuminate the struggles illegal immigrants face in this country. I expected more from this film and was left feeling a little disappointed.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, Original, and very Human Canadian Film January 12, 2014
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Margarita is a Nanny to a high flying couple with a fourteen year old daughter. She has been with them a number of years and seems to do everything for them as well as being the daughter’s best friend, teacher and confidante. She is also a lesbian and has a girlfriend who seems to want to keep her at arms length outside of their physical relationship. Well the couple Ben and Gail have had a run of bad luck in the cash flow department. A string of bad investments and bad career choices has left them financially embarrassed.

Well they have to make cutbacks and so they have to think the unthinkable and ‘let Margarita go’. Margarita, meanwhile, has spotted the slide in their fortunes and has been doing economy measures for some time, as well as fixing computes, mending the gutter, clearing the drive and servicing the hot tub – she is also drop dead gorgeous. Well once they have told her that she has to go the consequences for everyone become very apparent, very quick – and that’s when they find out she is also an illegal immigrant.

This is just a wonderful film, Nicola Correia Damude (’Havana 57’) as Margarita is sensational but a special word has to be said for Patrick McKenna as Ben who is marvellous, funny, and an all round entertainer who you can’t help feeling sorry for him even when he is trying to fire Margarita. Everyone is great in this and the direction is excellent from Dominique Cardona and Laurie Colbert they worked together before on ‘Finn’s Girl’ so they knew they could deliver and deliver they have in absolute spades. One of the best films I have seen for ages and I can not recommend highly enough – a comedy with social comment and a bucket of human emotion and it’s Canadian – what is not to like?
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really cute movie December 26, 2013
By LLO
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This movie is nice. It has good drama and character development. It is nice that being lesbian is not the entire focus of the movie and is just a normal part of the various character's lives.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quite Enjoyable And Hilarious! Worth Seeing!!! April 21, 2014
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I admit that I had low expectations for this film. After reading some of the reviews and after having just seen Concussion, I figured this movie was just another piece of garbage.

But I couldn't have been more wrong! I cannot wait to watch it again. The main character, Margarita, is rip-roaring funny. She has a pleasant accent and a sarcastic wit that kept me laughing. Nicole Correia-Damude, who played "Margarita", absolutely sold this movie!!! Her performance is AMAZING!!! Patrick McKenna and Maya Ritter also did superbly, and their performances really helped bring the movie together.

The story is relatable given the current worldwide economical turmoil. Many people/families have found themselves in similar circumstances and are forced to resort to drastic measures. This background isn't meant to imply that the movie is "heavy" in any way. The directors were able to keep the movie light through comedy. The story still makes the audience think about immigration issues and the effect of difficult financial times on families, marriages, children, and employment relationships.

The chemistry between Margarita and her girlfriend Jane was iffy. I think that the directors should have cast someone else as Jane because Christine Horne's performance wasn't really memorable. However, Nicole Correia-Damude, playing "Margarita", had enough passion for both of them.

Bravo on an excellent movie! I'm glad that I bought it. As far as I'm concerned, it is tied for 1st place with "Kiss Me" and "Out At The Wedding".
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Kind of a feel good movie.
Cute, somewhat predictable. Overall no regrets over the time I spent watching this. Kind of a feel good movie.
Published 1 day ago by C. E. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Margarita -A fun movie to watch.
A heart felt lesbian comedy. Although the movie covers the serious topic of illegal immigration, the off beat characters make the film very funny. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lynette Oliva
1.0 out of 5 stars junk4
this was just a waste of time... disappointing, childish, the kind of stuff I cancelled cabel to get away from.
Published 4 months ago by PIA
5.0 out of 5 stars Great product condition, great movie
I had wanted to see this film. i was hoping it wold not be another formulaic lesbian movie. It was not and I was very happy about that. Read more
Published 4 months ago by judith d rhodes
1.0 out of 5 stars Four stars?!?!? For what?
I commonly look at the rating & reviews, they are pretty accurate most the time. I don't know why this movie was rated with four stars.... It was just alright.
Published 6 months ago by Danice44
4.0 out of 5 stars Somple, but Differant movie
Margarita is a simple movie, but thestory in this movie,
is so good, but whatever you may think may happen,
well, its don't. Read more
Published 6 months ago by sefriendlyguy
3.0 out of 5 stars Nanny Love
The plot wasn't rich enough for me, but it was an okay flick. The chemistry between the nanny and her lover wasn't believable until the end.
Published 8 months ago by Nicole
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice
A fun watch. Nicely layered tale with a cute ending. The filming and acting was done well also. I liked this a great deal.Enjoy
Published 8 months ago by K. Winkleman
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story with likeable characters
The lesbian main character's sexuality is beside the point.

She has both straight and gay people in her life that love her. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Sue
5.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTIFUL FILM!
GREAT ACTING THAT IT DOES FEEL VERY MUCH LIKE REAL LIFE! ALL THE ACTORS ARE TRULY WONDERFUL! IT DOES FEEL THAT THE DIRECTING WAS EXCELLENT! Read more
Published 9 months ago by Michael Kirmayer
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